ArtsPath artist Michael Stadler recently completed a wood sculpture that was commissioned by the Butler Health Systems for the new atrium at its hospital in Butler, Pa.
The space was officially dedicated and opened to the public on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Stadler was joined by other nationally acclaimed artists who were commissioned to provide artwork for the space.
The theme of the commissioning project was inspired by the community and landscape of Butler. Surrounded by rolling hills, neighborhoods, and the native trees of Western Pennsylvania, the hospital and atrium are now home to a variety of artwork that showcases these outstanding features of the Butler community.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts served as a consultant to the project, with PF/PCA Director Laura Domencic commenting, “A collaboration like this is a great example of how artists and organizations can make a truly positive and profound impact on the community. It is a wonderful opportunity for artists as well as a strong statement by Butler Hospital of the necessity of art in our lives.”
Stadler completed his graduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and with IUP’s Center for Turning and Furniture Design, receiving an M.F.A. in 2009. He has served as a cabinetmaker and studio furniture maker for the past four years and has been teaching continuing education courses in wood turning at IUP and the Center for Turning and Furniture Design for the past three years. He will continue to serve as an adjunct instructor with IUP and the Department of Art this coming year.
Stadler has studied with many internationally acclaimed artists and was the recipient of a studio assistantship at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. In addition to presenting on his residency work at the National Arts Education Association Conference in Chicago, he was awarded the Maloof Scholarship from Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen, Colo.